With the announcement of DirectX 12 features like low-level programming, it appears we're having a revival of the DirectX vs. OpenGL debates—and we can toss AMD's Mantle into the mix in place of Glide (RIP 3dfx). I was around back in the days of the flame wars between OGL and DX1/2/3 devotees, with id Software's John Carmack and others weighing in on behalf of OGL at the time. As Microsoft continued to add features to DX, and with a healthy dose of marketing muscle, the subject mostly faded away after a few years. Today, the vast majority of Windows games run on DirectX, but with mobile platforms predominantly using variants of OpenGL (i.e. smartphones and tablets use a subset called OpenGL ES—the ES being...

NVIDIA 326.80 Beta Drivers Available – Splinter Cell: Blacklist Ready

NVIDIA is pretty good about staying on top of the latest releases with updated drivers, and today is no different. Building from the current 326.41 Beta release, today’s 326.80...

4 by Jarred Walton on 8/20/2013

Windows 8.1 and VS2013 bring GPU computing updates to Direct3D and C++ AMP

Windows 8.1 is bringing a new incremental update to the driver model to WDDM 1.3, which will enable incremental new GPU computing functionality. One of the important pieces is...

16 by Rahul Garg on 7/2/2013

3DMark for Windows Launches; We Test It with Various Laptops

After a two-year hiatus, Futuremark is back with a new version of 3DMark, and in many ways this is their most ambitious version to date. Instead of the usual...

69 by Jarred Walton on 2/5/2013

Whither 3DMark—Updates on the Cross-Platform Launch

Early in December 2012, I posted a short article about the Fire Strike trailer for the next 3DMark with the note that the full release was promised before the...

15 by Jarred Walton on 1/23/2013

Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid VGA Cooler Review: Not For the Faint of Heart

Traditionally in the desktop space, the next step after high quality air cooling has been high quality liquid cooling, usually centered around custom designed cooling loops that cost a...

46 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/28/2012

3DMark Fire Strike Trailer

This isn't major news, but I find the periodic updates to the 3DMark suite at least interesting if only to see what Futuremark is up to. They have released...

22 by Jarred Walton on 12/3/2012

Mobile Ivy Bridge HD 4000 Investigation: Real-Time iGPU Clocks on ULV vs. Quad-Core

Earlier today we posted our review of Intel’s Ivy Bridge ULV Ultrabook. In it, we found that while the maximum iGPU clock on the ULV HD 4000 is 1150MHz—just...

35 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2012

Laptop Graphics Face Off: Diablo III Performance

Blizzard’s latest iteration of their hack ‘n slash Diablo series is making plenty of news, and we managed to get a copy for testing purposes. If you haven’t read...

87 by Jarred Walton on 5/26/2012

NVIDIA's GeForce 600M Series: Mobile Kepler and Fermi Die Shrinks

While the desktop-bound GeForce GTX 680 is undoubtedly the most exciting release from NVIDIA today and the true flagbearer for their new Kepler microarchitecture, NVIDIA actually has a whole...

25 by Dustin Sklavos & Jarred Walton on 3/22/2012

Zalman to Enter Graphics Card Market With AMD GPUs

Overclockers.ua has leaked slides which strongly suggest that Zalman will soon be entering the graphics card market. Zalman is mostly known for their coolers and their CPU coolers are...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 12/8/2011

NVIDIA Posts 290.36 GeForce Beta Drivers

NVIDIA today released beta version 290.36 of its GeForce driver package for desktops running Windows XP, Vista, and 7 and laptops running Windows Vista and 7. Like previous releases...

6 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/28/2011

AMD Releases Catalyst 11.10 Driver Package

AMD today released the final version of the Catalyst 11.10 driver package for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, Windows Vista desktops and laptops and Windows XP desktops. In addition to...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/31/2011

NVIDIA Releases 285.62 Graphics Drivers

NVIDIA today released the final, WHQL-certified version of its 285.62 graphics driver package for desktops and laptops running 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. The...

7 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/24/2011

AMD Releases Catalyst 11.9 Drivers

Following up yesterday's release of the Catalyst 11.10 beta package, AMD has made the final version of the Catalyst 11.9 package available for users of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows...

16 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/29/2011

Intel Releases New Sandy Bridge Graphics Drivers

Amidst a full day of updates from IDF, I'd like to draw your attention to some more Intel-related news: Intel has refreshed its generic Sandy Bridge graphics driver to...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/13/2011

AMD Releases Catalyst 11.8 Drivers

AMD today released version 11.8 of its Calalyst driver package for Windows. As with previous releases, version 11.8 is available for all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP...

14 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/17/2011

Intel's Haswell IGP to Feature DirectX 11.1, Increased Professional Application Support

Intel's integrated graphics processors have long had a poor reputation when it comes to gaming, and while the IGPs get a little closer to competitiveness with each iteration, that...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/5/2011

Village Instruments CEO Promises Graphics Card Enclosure for Thunderbolt

Village Instruments CEO Hubert Chen wrote an open letter to Facebook last week, attempting to gague customer interest in an external PCI Express graphics card enclosure for Thunderbolt. He...

19 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/3/2011

Optimus Top to Bottom: NVIDIA Releases the GeForce GTX 570M and 580M

While our recent review of the Alienware M17x R3 proved you could have a gaming notebook that was still capable of halfway decent battery life, the hybrid solution found...

27 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/28/2011

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